Thursday, 23 April 2020 11:56

Basic Materials List: Build your own chicken coop (Home Depot / Lowes)

Rough cut lumber from the local sawmill!  Rough cut lumber from the local sawmill!

I recently ordered some materials to build a new chicken coop and wanted to share the basic list of items for those who might be doing the same.  I found that the biggest difference was the cost of the sheet metal roofing: Lowes wanted $38 and Home Depot $24 per sheet.  So that was the major deciding factor in terms of where to order the bulk of the lumber from.  Lowes had a few items in stock that HomeDepot was missing so I ordered a few things from Lowes with free shipping.  The main HomeDepot / lumber order cost $79 for the special truck delivery option.  

Homemade Chicken Coop:

  • Dirt floor construction
  • Ramps, doors, flaps, egg boxes to be made from scrap material


Below is the breakdown of my orders.





  • PrimeGuard Ten 8 x 3-in Polymer Deck Screws (5-lb)
  • PrimeGuard Ten 7 x 2-in Polymer Deck Screws (5-lb)
  • 36x25 1/2 Hardware Cloth
  • 2-3/7-in Zinc Strap Door Hinge


Home Depot:


  • Everbilt 1-1/2 in. x 12 in. Stainless Steel Continuous Hinge

Roofing (single pitch roof)

  • Fabral Shelterguard 8 ft. Exposed Fastener Galvanized Steel Roof Panel in Evergreen
  • 1 in. x 2 in. x 8 ft. Furring Strip Board (can also used to make roosts)
  • Everbilt #12 x 3/4 in. OSB Self Drilling Clear Roofing Screw (1 lb. Box)


(Optional: Use wooden shipping pallets to save money on lumber!  Bonus:  Order the lumber from a local sawmill!)

  • 4 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. Pressure Treated (vertical supports, sitting on solid stone or concrete)
  • 2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. Pressure Treated (for securing hardware mesh @ ground level)
  • 2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. Regular pine (plates, joists, rafters)
  • 2 in. x 6 in. x ? ft. Regular pine (beams)


  • Preference: locally sourced 1"x10" rough cut pine
  • 7/16 in. x 48 in. x 8ft. Oriented Strand Board
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